A box of chocolates is not the only way to impress your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or any other day. That’s just plain boring! Look at these getaways that are perfectly tailored to fit your style as a couple. They will be sure to win you some major brownie points this year.

Nature Lovers

For the environmentally conscious couple, nothing could be better than spending time with those you love most: your sweetheart and the great outdoors. Bring your climbing gear and head over to Maple Canyon in Fountain Green, Utah, for an inexpensive but beautiful escape. The canyon’s gorgeous hiking trails, its spectacular caves, and—most of all—its world-class rock climbing routes make Maple Canyon the perfect backdrop for your getaway together. Spend your nights camping under the stars and your days conquering the hobble-stone mountain faces side by side. If the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans, seek shelter at

the Red Apple Cottage, only a few miles away from the canyon. This cottage is a great way to spend time close to nature while you and your sweetheart remain dry and warm.


Game Day Junkies

For sports-loving couples, cheering on your favorite team is the perfect way to spend quality time together. The best event for you is Super Bowl XLVII on February 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be the first Super Bowl held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after its $85 million renovations in 2011. You’ll never forget this championship game, and maybe you’ll even be able to share a quick kiss on the JumboTron’s Kiss Cam.

Lucky for you, this year’s Mardi Gras falls only a few days later, on February 12. You can always use its festivities, music, and parades as an excuse to extend your trip together. Challenge each other to see who can take the best snapshot with the crazy parade goers. Winning could mean bragging rights for a whole year. (And we all know how much you love to win.)


Adventure Seekers

For couples who love trying new things, spend a week at Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch in Burwell, Nebraska, right at the heart of the state. Rowse’s is a working ranch that allows travelers to experience what ranch life is all about. Stays include your own horse and tack, a cabin room, riding lessons, roping lessons, and home-cooked meals. This ranch experience makes for an exciting escapade, bringing you two closer together in the great plains of Nebraska.


Big Spenders

If you show love by lavishing your sweetheart with expensive gifts and extravagant trips, try spending the weekend at a couples-only retreat in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. The Cove Pocono Resort includes three hotels that only allow couples, which helps to maintain a romantic atmosphere. You can spend the weekend pampering yourselves in the spas or feasting together at the fine dining restaurants.

These resorts are the perfect way to feed your expensive travel tastes while spending time with the person you love. And if you both grow tired of the resort scene, New York City is only two hours away!


Comic Book Gurus 

If discussing comic book characters or playing the latest video game sounds like the perfect date, then this is just the type of romance you are looking for. Get down to Orlando, Florida, on March 15–17 for MegaCon 2013. More than just a comic book convention, MegaCon also includes anime, gaming, and multimedia events. Even though this event isn’t in February, it will still be the perfect way to romance your honey! You can stay at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, where you will be less than a mile away from the convention.

Meet John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender on Futurama—or Patrick Stewart, Professor Xavier in the X-Men movies. And what could be more romantic than an autograph from Neal Adams, the artist for DC Comics’ Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow? Don’t forget to bring your favorite comic book costumes, so you can go as your favorite superhero couple. Who will it be—Catwoman and Batman or Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic?


Bethanie Thatcher